November 29 marks the 101st birthday of the novelist and Christian spirituality writer, Madeleine L’Engle …
You may have read her classic sci-fi novel, A WRINKLE IN TIME, but how much do you know about her life and other works? We highly recommend these five biographies, which offer a rich introduction to Madeleine L’Engle …
3) The Crosswicks Journals
For a peek into the home and writing life of Madeleine L’Engle, there is no better place to turn than her own Crosswicks Journals, a 4-memoir series.
Volume 1 – A Circle of Quiet: In a deeply personal account, L’Engle shares her journey to find balance between her career as an author and her responsibilities as a wife, mother, teacher, and Christian.
Volume 2 – The Summer of the Great-Grandmother: Four generations of family have gathered at Crosswicks to care for L’Engle’s ninety-year-old mother, whose health is rapidly declining and whose once astute mind is slipping into senility. L’Engle takes an unflinching look at diminishment and death, all the while celebrating the wonder of life and the bonds between mothers and daughters.
Volume 3 – The Irrational Season: Exploring the intersection of science and religion, L’Engle uncovers how her spiritual convictions inform and enrich the everyday. The memoir follows the liturgical year from one Advent to the next, with L’Engle’s reflections on the changing seasons in her own life as a writer, wife, mother, and global citizen.
Volume 4 – Two-Part Invention: L’Engle beautifully evokes the life she and her husband, actor Hugh Franklin, built and the family they cherished. Beginning with their very different childhoods, their life in New York City in the 1940s, and their years spent raising their children at Crosswicks, this is L’Engle’s most personal work yet.
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